Skin and Hair Care

Wondering about goosebumps? Of course you are – Harvard Health Blog – Health Education Article

They go by different names: goosebumps, goose pimples, goose flesh, and my personal favorite, goose bumples. The medical term is cutis anserine (cutis means skin and anser means goose). I guess the similarity in texture is just too close to goose skin to ignore. Other medical terms for goosebumps are horripilation, piloerection, or the pilomotor reflex. Each of these terms describes a temporary change in the skin from smooth to bumpy, most commonly developing after exposure to cold. Many people…

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Can appealing to teenagers’ vanity improve sun-protective behaviors? – Harvard Health Blog – Health Education Article

As the summer warmth lures us outside, parents may be struggling to get their teenagers to follow sun protection guidelines. It can be challenging to catch the attention of younger people, for whom health concerns such as skin cancer feel like a lifetime away. One promising strategy for educating teens about sun-protective behavior is to appeal to their vanity and meet them where they are — on their smartphones. Mobile app reveals possible effects of UV exposure A recent study…

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Tinted sunscreens: Benefits beyond an attractive glow – Harvard Health Blog – Health Education Article

Tinted sunscreens are having a moment. These mineral-based sunscreen formulations have an added color base that can help even out skin tone while protecting your skin. And thanks to their ability to block visible light, they may help certain skin conditions. Could the days of unsightly sunscreen residue be in your past? What is visible light, and how can it affect your skin? Ultraviolet (UV) radiation and visible light are both part of the electromagnetic spectrum. UV radiation is composed…

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A look at the effects of nail polish on nail health and safety – Harvard Health Blog – Health Education Article

In recent years, the nail polish industry has been transformed by the development of longer-lasting polish techniques. As dermatologists, we are often asked about the effects of these various products on nails. Here we review the main types of polish, and consider the pros and cons of each with an eye toward nail health and safety. Traditional nail polish Classic nail polish is painted onto the nail plate, usually in multiple coats, and then air-dried. Conventional nail polish is a…

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